Larry McDonagh's Reel

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LARRY McDONAGH'S REEL. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Collected by Paddy Ryan from flute player Larry McDonagh (1911-1984) from Ballinafad, County Sligo. Ryan says that McDonagh and his brother Michael Joe (1904-1988), a fiddler, had a large repertoire of tunes and a unique style of playing that preceded the Coleman/Morrison era. A third brother, Paddy, also played the flute but had given up playing by the time Ryan recorded the brothers. All three lived their entire lives in a cottage on the side of the Curlew Mountains, near Ballinafad, south Sligo.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Treoir, vol. 32, No. 3, 2000; p. 19.

Recorded sources: Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy - "Pride of the West" (2007). Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Éireann CL53, "The MacDonaghs of Ballinafad and Friends Play Traditional Music of Sligo."




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